This course exposes students to the theoretical and policy considerations that surround the United States tax system. Students will examine the social and political pressures that shape our current Federal Tax regime. Topics to be covered may include: the uncertain future of the Estate Tax or “Death Tax” and the role it plays in American society; the role of deductions and exclusions in achieving nonrevenue objectives; charitable giving and non-profit entities; progressive versus flat tax rates; the existence of tax abuse and how to control it; and the concept of income. A background in accounting or tax law is not required.
This course examines the responses to terrorism by the United States and the international community. Topics covered may include: terrorism prosecutions in Title III courts; various federal criminal statutes and investigative techniques utilized for prosecuting terrorists, including Title III electronic surveillance, criminal search and seizure warrants, and federal criminal grand jury practice; national security investigative techniques authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; procedures for utilizing classified information in criminal terrorism prosecutions; and United States counterterrorism policy post 9/11.
This course surveys various topics in American Law, including criminal law, evidence, family law, and constitutional law. It is designed to help students who are not familiar with the American legal system gain a working understanding of major fields of substantive law, particularly those that are relatively unique to the American system. Prerequisites: This course is one of two required courses for LL.M. students. Open to LL.M. students only.
This course surveys civil liability and breach of duties imposed by law, including intentional wrongs to persons and property; negligence and vicarious, strict, and products liability: defamation, and other civil wrongs. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Torts I (LAW 111) and Torts II (LAW 112).**
An examination of common law and statutory limitations on unfair and deceptive competition outside the scope of antitrust laws. Topics include trademark law (including trademark dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and interference with contracts and trade relations.
This course teaches the basics of drafting trademark applications and supporting documents, and the prosecution of trademarks before the Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: Trademark Law (LAW 702).
This course examines various legal issues relating to what is often a company's most valuable asset, its confidential and proprietary business information. In addition to a basic understanding of trade secret law and the Uniform Trade Secret Act, additional topics covered may include: identification of intellectual property suitable for trade secret protection; employment policies, agreements, and practices as they relate to the protection of trade secrets; identification of parties who must be granted access to a company’s trade secrets; enforceability of trade secret agreements; defense of trade secret agreements; and the relationship between trade secret law and unfair competition law.
This course explores the legal issues facing transgender people and the goals of the transgender legal movement. Although we will focus primarily on the U.S., we will occasionally consider the legal treatment of transgender people in other parts of the world. The course may cover topics such as marriage, parenting, and other family law issues; the treatment of transgender children and youth in schools, the child welfare, and juvenile justice systems; the treatment of transgender people in prisons; hate violence against transgender people; and employment, public accommodations, and housing discrimination against transgender individuals.
Students prepare for internal and external mock trial competitions and work on activities related to the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB), including participation as witnesses, lawyers, or judges during practice rounds for external mock trial competitions; coaching incoming students auditioning for membership onto the TAHB; coordinating the Board’s participation in external competitions; or otherwise participating in the management or administration the Board’s activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the TAHB and subject to the approval of the TAHB and faculty advisor(s).